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was that these meetings did not go well. benghazi was a serious issue. we can debate whether or not susan rice should be blamed for it. but she was front and center. and i think the administration has handled this terribly. they have put her out there as though she's going to be a nominee but they haven't nominated her. john carney is being asked questions about her. now she's under the media onslaught for her investments. companies in iran. investments in canada. she gets all of the downside of being a nominee without any of the infrastructure and support for her. >> we can talk about that and debate that. but what i believe, i think what she did was entirely appropriate. she was given a set of talking points, to the best of our knowledge the white house used one world. she went out there and did it. now she's being torn apart for it. it's as if, when george was interviewing tim geithner was supposed to have gone and add up the numbers for their budget and make sure it was right. >> if she was a nominee there would be a whole infrastructure to support her. >> right. >> none of that is the case. >> i
from a scathing benghazi report. a shake up at the state department. >> and we're getting closer to the clip. harsh words. efforts to extend federal tax cuts take a bad turn. >> a survivor through and through. a man is proving odds wrong. and... take care of them, you know? i feel like we've come full circle. like that! this is how i'll do it. sarah: there you go. >> a independent report on the september 11th attack on benghazi is critical of bureaucrats. the attack killed u.s. ambassador christopher stevens, a bay area native. now, wlif more on that report. >> three state department officials resigned today. after release of the report. it says there was failure at all levels of the state department, but places blame at the assistant secretary level. failures resulted in an inadequate security plan. the report on the september 11th attack on the u.s. diplomatic outpost in benghazi posts to failures in leadership and management deficiencies. saying repeated requests to washington for security upgrades had been denied. u.s. staffing was inadequate and local libyan forces were poor
removed her name from consideration. lawmakers were unhappy after statements been the attack in benghazi. secretary of state hillary clinton is set to retire in the next few weeks. she is actually recovering at home after a concussion caused by when she fainted. dehydration from a stomach virus caused clinton to pass out. an aide says she will work from home next week. clinton is not expected to testify at congressional hearings thursday on he benghazi terror attacks. >>> some big names are looking to get in on the hostess brand business. bloomberg reports growinger and wal-mart are among in 24 companies bidding for the twirvegie maker's assets. a the largest bread-baking company in the world is also interested, along with food producers, conagra and flowers foods and the baker of little debbie snacks, hostess, filed for bankruptcy amid a nationwide worker strike. bidding could go as high as a billion dollars. >> let's check on our weather with leigh glaser. >> leigh: hi there, everyone. a cold rain has settled over the bay area. the clouds trapping a pool of cold air close to the surfac
will not be going to capital hill to testify about what happened in benghazi. even though she injured herself last week we didn't learn about her condition until hours ago. this morning hillary clinton is at home recovering from a concussion as well as a stomach virus, in fact, the two are related. the state department says the secretary returned from her latest trip with a stomach bug. that was nine days ago but early last week clinton became dehydrated and fainted at her home, she apparently hit her head because she suffered a concussion. it's the second time in eight years she has fainted because of a stomach bug but she's generally healthy as she told barbara walters who asked about a possible presidential run in 2016. >> is your i'm a concern to you. >> it really isn't. i am thankfully knock on wood not only healthy but have incredible stamina and energy. >> but staying home this week means the secretary will not testify about the terrorist attack in benghazi, libya. >> look, i've said it and i'll say it one more time, no one wants to find out what happened more than i do. >> reporter: the st
have prevented the deaths of those americans in benghazi, libya? a stinging report has been released, and members of secretary of state hillary clinton's team have begun to resign. abc's senior foreign affairs correspondent martha raddatz has the truth behind the attack. >> reporter: we know how horrible the attack was, how heroic the fight to save lives, how heavy the loss. but today, with this searing report, we now know what could have been done to try to prevent it. the independent review cited failure after failure. security in benghazi, it said, was "grossly inadequate," "was not a high priority" in washington where "repeated requests" for more security went unheeded. >> frankly, the state department had not given benghazi the security, both physical and personnel resources, it needed. >> reporter: and today, three state department officials paid the price. resigning under pressure, eric boswell, assistant secretary for diplomatic security. his deputy, charlene lamb, responsible for embassy security. and an official from near east affairs. secretary hillary clinton responded to
that blamed poor management at the state department for the deadly attack in benghazi. four staffers have been officially relieved of their duties, including eric boswell, assistant secretary for diplomatic security. his deputy, charlene lamb, and an official from near east affairs. >> frankly, the state department had not given benghazi the security, both physical and personnel resources, it needed. >> hearings on the benghazi issue continue on capitol hill today. but secretary of state hillary clinton will not be there. she's still recovering from a concussion. her testimony is expected next month. >>> a giant blizzard is blowing across the middle of the country this morning, dumping up to a foot of snow from kansas to wisconsin. as gusty winds kick up, whiteout conditions have cars sliding off roads in nebraska. and long stretches of two major highways, interstate 70 and 80, had to be shut down in long stretches. visibility was so low, 600 flights had to be canceled in and out of denver. crews were working overtime to deice planes and clear runways. passengers were stuck there for hours. >>
in benghazi, libya. a long-awaited report, highly anticipated report. interesting where they're laying the blame in all this. >>> also this morning, if gun debate from american board rooms to classrooms to capitol hill. one major motivating factor to change assault weapon laws is money. we'll explain. >>> less than a week after that massacre in connecticut, we'll tell you who is behind a raffle to give away assault rifles. talk about interesting timing to say the least. >> timing is everything. >> ain't it? >>> we begin with a powerful blizzard on the move this morning. up to a foot of snow and fierce winds whipping across a big chunk of the nation. >> winter storm watches and warnings are in effect today from nevada all the way to michigan, and they're still cleaning up in the northwest. here's the damage report. >> holy [ bleep ]! >> reporter: a strong storm is being blamed for this 75-foot mudslide that took out a train near seattle. john hill started recording. >> i thought the rest of the rail cars were going to pile up and come through the fence and get me. so i was trying to get
.n., so embattled over the tragedy in benghazi, said she will not go through a bruising nomination fight to succeed hillary clinton as secretary of state. so, what happened behind closed doors? why now? and whom will the president pick to represent america on the world stage? abc's senior white house correspondent jake tapper has all the details right now. jake? >> reporter: good evening, diane. well, ambassador susan rice withdrew her name from consideration to be secretary of state after weeks of bruising political battles and a cacophony of criticism. in a letter to the president today, u.s. ambassador to the united nations susan rice wrote, "the position of secretary of state should never be politicized. i am saddened that we have reached this point even before you have decided whom to nominate." and she shared the news on nbc. >> i didn't want to see a confirmation process that was very prolonged, very politicized, very distracting and very disruptive, because there are so many things we need to get done as a country. >> reporter: just weeks ago, rice, a tough and smart rising star
that she'll not testify this week about the attack on the mission in benghazi and the killing of our ambassador there, the republican chair of the house committee not happy about that. but abc's jake tapper has learned that john kerry will be tapped as the replacement. for hillary clinton. so, david, there's a chance she'll never testify what happened in benghazi. david? >> two developments tonight, hillary clinton recovering from a fall and a possible secretary of state kerry in our future. david kerley, thank you tonight. >>> when we come back here on the broadcast from newtown, connecticut, the profound question, how does this community celebrate christmas? look, if you have copd like me, you know it can be hard to breathe, and how that feels. copd includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. spiriva helps control my copd symptoms by keeping my airways open for 24 hours. plus, it reduces copd flare-ups. spiriva is the only once-daily inhaled copd maintenance treatment that does both. spiriva handihaler tiotropium bromide inhalation powder does not replace fast-acting inhalers for su
of the crisis in libya, and the attack in benghazi that killed ambassador chris stephens. >> i didn't want to see a confirmation process that was very prolonged, very politicized, very distracting, and very disruptive. because there are so many things we need to get done as a country. >> massachusetts senator john kerry and former republican senator chuck hagel of nebraska are now considered the front-runners to replace hillary clinton when she officially steps down. >>> in oregon, the shopping mall that became the scene of a deadly shooting rampage days ago is set to reopen this morning. a candlelight vigil for the victims will be held tonight. two people were killed and the 15-year-old girl was wounded when 22-year-old jacob roberts opened fire inside the clackamas town center on tuesday. roberts then killed himself. there is still no motive for the shooting. >>> a much calmer day is in store for san diego after a pounding rainstorm drenched that city. the rain came down so fast and furious, in fact, it flooded businesses and major intersections, leaving drivers stranded in the road. som
on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya, has issued a scathing report, finding what it calls schematic failures at the state department leading up to the tack, which took the lives of chris stevens and three other americans. abc's martha raddatz, who has read the report this morning, has the details. >> reporter: good morning, josh. the report calls the security in benghazi grossly inadequate, despite repeated requests for increased staffing. the report also cites poor leadership win the diplomatic department. saying certain senior state department officials demonstrated a lack of proactive leadership and management ability in their response to the security concerns in benghazi. hillary clinton has already responded to the independent review, saying she will adopt all 29 recommendations, including additional marine corps security guards. but there's one conclusion that also stands out. the board determined that those u.s. personnel on the ground in benghazi performed with courage and willingness to risk their own lives to protect their colleagues in an impossible situation. josh? >> ce
from senate republicans over her initial statements about the u.s. consulate attack in benghazi, libbia. the president accepted the withdrawal, but noted the unfair and misleading attacks leveled against her. still no deal on the fiscal cliff, following an unschedule the meeting at the white house this afternoon, between president obama and house speaker john boehner. they met for an hour, with both sides saying only that the two had a frank discussion. president obama and boehner have struggled to break their impasse over taxes. the president wants a rate hike on the top 2% of the income earners. boehner opposes that fiercely. a deal must be reach bide december 31 to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. the combination of tax increases and spending cuts. >> a san raphael mother has returned from the middle-east with what some may call a holiday miracle. she negotiated an agreement between israel and the palestinian authority to begin removing band mines from beth lehe. they are working to remove the devastation of land mines. they took a check of $141,000 to pay for the land mine removal.
came under critical analysis after a deadly attack in benghazi. katie marzullo will join us who is else is being considered for the job and how it could impact other key positions. >> you talk about how frosty ti it was this morning. did you have to do scraping of the windshield. >> i used the did he fros terrify but when you become a californian you don't have an ice scraper anymore, mike. >> your credit card. i actually have one when we came from minnesota. you never know when you might need it. it might be a good good christmas present. radar satellite, you can see a light blue, green, so far nothing reaching the ground. siart just too dry and let's talk about how comb it is. interior east bay valleys, hollister, salinas valley, under a frost valley where the lows are around 30-34. definitely going to be difficult to see out of the car earlier if you can't get out and scrape it. temperature dropped down to 29. here is a look at some of the temperatures. for about 34 in santa rosa. 35 in napa. 32 in livermore for the cool spot. 36 in redwood city to about 43 in oakland, 44 in san fran
on u.s. consulate in libya will be sent to congress today. the attack in benghazi killed the ambassador stevens and three other americans. the review bore has been looking into whether enough -- given to potential threats and how washington responded. house and senate committees will hold hearings tomorrow and thursday. secretary of state clinton had been expected to testify, but she is recovering from a concussion. >>> con recollection -- congress is debating how much relief money to spend for superstorm sandy. the package involves more than 60 billion dollars in emergency spending. democrats want it out by christmas, it has been seven weeks since storm ravaged the northeast killing more than 120 in new york, new jersey and connecticut. republicans are saying not so fast. they say there's too much work in the -- pork in the package including money for salmon fisheries in alaska, new cars for the government and expansion project for amtrak. >>> southwest airlines has a new fee. next, why you want to get to the airport on time. >>> why a p every time someone chooses finish over cascade,
in benghazi. the head of the state department's security service, one of his deputies and official from the mideast bureau have all stepped didn't. ambassador stevens' stepfather spoke with abc news this morning he says the report is upsetting because it reveals the nature of the decisions made and not made. he says it makes clear that people were remiss or didn't fulfill their responsibilities. >>> south korea has elected its first female president in more than 1,000 years. conservative candidate park geun-hye called her victory a win for the people and says she will be a leader who honors her pledges. some korean-americans in the bay area were up watching returns of the landmark elections. a man talked to the -- a man said he taught the president-elect how to speak english. >> i remember how, she was smart girl. and she had a very good grade at school. >> he describes the newly elected leader as humble, active and charming lady. park is the daughter of former military ruler who was assassinated in 1979 park's rival liberal candidate has conceded. >>> time to check the weather. you sa
for inadequate security in benghazi. ambassador stevens and two other americans died. stevens was a native here his father tells abc news the report is upsetting because it reveals nature of decisions made and not may. planning a vote today on a republican plan to avoid fiscal cliff. plan b would block tax increases from being triggered january 1st, on everyone except those who earned a million dollars a year or more. he hopes to put more pressure on president obama to make concessions. the president says the republican plan fails to provide jobless indash -- insurance for two million americans. >>> if you haven't finished holiday shopping, you are in luck. the big discounts last minute shoppers can expect in the next few days. >>> sidewalk changes in store to make the city friendly to people every time someone chooses finish over cascade, it sparks a movement. because people can't keep it to themselves. look ! no ugly spots ! awesome! incredible shine. i'm switching for good. love, love, love finish! over a million people have switched to finish. visit us on facebook. >>> good morning. where a
in the shooting. >>> happening now, the first of two congressional hearings into that deadly attack in benghazi, libya underway in washington. testifying this morning deputy say the u.s. learned hard and painful lessons and officials made the mistake in assumption that the u.s. wouldn't become a major tar the attack on the consulate killed -- four americans. >>> the body of senator daniel inouye of hawaii has arrived at the u.s. capitol. right now former colleagues and the public are paying respects to the man who won the medal of honor as a soldier in world war ii and senator more than 50 years. he will lie in state at the rotunda, only 31 have had the privilege. inouye died monday at age 88. >> he opened the door for asian-americans in politics. a pioneer. >>> we'll check things out with mike we are waiting for things to cloud over. >> not low clouds that we need to bring the rain in those are still 12 hours off, possibly. here's a look from mount tamalpais winds picking up so is the temperature. we'll talk about the rain and how much to expect over the weekend. >>> plus, if you paid for a pa
on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. she's been treated with anti-coagulants. doctors want to monitor her medication over the next several hours. dierdre bryant, abc news, new york. >>> and to our other major story, the looming fiscal cliff. lawmakers worked through the night to try to reach an agreement. >> without a deal, taxes are set to go up for just about every american. tahman bradley joins us from washington with more on the stalemate. tahman? >> reporter: john and paula, good morning. tension is growing here in washington, after weekend talks failed to lead to a deal. if there is no breakthrough today, the country will go over the cliff. talks continue but this morning, there is still no deal. >> we'll have further announcements, perhaps, at 11:00 in the morning. i certainly hope so. >> reporter: republicans and democrats negotiated all weekend, with the hope of passing legislation to protect most people from a massive tax hike. >> our top priority has to be to make sure that taxes on middle class families do not go up that would hurt our economy badly. >> reporter: there was
clinton. but rice has come under fire for citing faulty intelligence on the attack in benghazi, libya, in which can a bay area diplomat was killed, along with three others. although she was never form leal nominated for the job, rice submitted a letter to president obama today predicting that the confirmation process would be lengthy, disruptive and costly. the president issued a statement accepting rice's decision, but noted the unfair and misleading attacks leveled against her. a spokesman for senator john mccain, one of her leading critic, said he would continue to seek all the facts surrounding the attack on the consulate in benghazi. rice's withdrawal gives massachusetts senator john kerry the inside track on the secretary of state job. >>> let's focus on to me's money matters for a home of the bay area solar company shines on wall street after slashing its offering a price in half. solar city of foster city went public with its stock today at $8 a share. it gained almost 50%. solar city don't make them, this install them and hope to benefit from plunging prices. the rest of the
concedes security should have been tighter at u.s. consulate in benghazi,yco libya where four americans died in september. william burns testified before two congressional hearings, told the senate foreign relations committee there had been violence in benghazi ahead of the deadly attacks but they didn't think the consulate would be targeted. >> a lot of the violence were intra libyan. some were directed to the united states but not all of them. i think we made the mistaken aassumption that you know, we won't become a major target. >> four state department officials resigned yesterday ç found management failures resulted in inadequate security. ambassador and three others died in this attack. >> just more than a week, taxes will go up for everybody and government spending will be cut if congress does not act to stop the nation from going over the so called fiscal cliff. we have the latest on the talks from washington. mayans predicted the are world would end tomorrow, here in washington that doesn't seem to be creating urgency to get a fisal cliff deal. >> the president called on the h
in benghazi, libya. >> look, i've said it and i'll say it one more time, no one wants to find out what happened more than i do. >> reporter: the state department report that led to the attack, the death of the ambassador chris stevens and three others will come out in the next couple of days. clinton was set to testify before both houses on thursday. now she will stay home and two deputies will fill in. not good enough said the republican chair of the house committee, who said this requires a public appearance by the secretary of state herself. but that may never happen. abc news learned the president will nominate john kerry as secretary of state. as soon as he is confirmed, clinton will retire and may never testify about benghazi. david kerley, abc news, washington. >>> in a moment, we return to our top story, the tragedy at sandy hook. >> how a simple christmas carol can mean so much to a nation in disbelief. you're watching "world news now." >>> comediofte >>> comedians often ask how soon after a tragedy is it okay to laugh? is the day after a tragedy too soon? >> the writers and p
is expected to face tough questions on capitol hill today about the benghazi attack. secretary of state clinton had been scheduled to testify at the hearing, but she's still recovering from a concussion. instead, her deputy, william burns, will be there. a scathing report blamed the state department for the attack and four top staffers have been relieved of their duties. >> and one clarification to make on that. all four officials remain as employees, but have been relieved of their current duties, but they're still employees of the state department for right now, pending further action. so they just weren't shown the door. it seems like they've been removed from their current job. and while they investigate. >> that makes sense, because given the report, i mean, you've got the deputy assistant secretary responsible for embassy security. you can't keep that job if something like this happens on your watch. you've got another person, assistant secretary of state for diplomatic security. >> the bottom line, that report seemed to me to be that there wasn't enough security and requests for
on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. this morning, four officials at the state department have been relieved of their duties, including the head of diplomatic security, who resigned after an independent investigation found security in benghazi had been, quote, grossly inadequate. still, many republicans are calling for harsher punishments. and will be questioning state department officials on capitol hill today. >>> and one person has been killed, dozens injured, after a 35-vehicle highway pileup on new york's long island. police say a semi-truck which burst into flames, started that chain-reaction crash, leaving dozens of damaged cars and trucks scattered across the highway. hours later, the fire still burning. but the highway, finally reopened this morning. >>> and funerals will be held today for five more victims of the newtown school shooting. there was a stirring scene last night. the word hope, spelled out with candles, outside the wake of sandy hook elementary principal dawn hochsprung. and there was this. hundreds of firefighters standing at attention at the funeral of 7-yea
in benghazi that killed chris steven asks three other americans. >> and just 24 days remain until the deadline for-to-avoid the fiscal cliff and both sides are playing hard ball. issue taxes and revenues. bush era tax cuts expire the first of the year. democrats want tochl tend them to the middle class but not the wealthy. republicans appeared to signal their willing to discuss increasing revenues but not necessarily by taxing the rich. >> there are a lot of things possible to put this on the table. none of us are going to be impossible. the president insists on this position. insisting on my way in the highway. >> democratsç& responded saying it doesn't work without raising tax autos because republicans are holding the tax cuts as they have all along, hostage to tax cuts for the wealthy. >> economists say the uncertainty about gaining steam dead in its track autos a jobs report balances out phone shall of going over that fiscal cliff this, is adding2÷, 136,000 people added to payrolls and national unemployment rate fell to 7.7%. the dow chimed 81 points. nasdaq went the opposite direction
terror attack in benghazi. >> it is cold out there. one check on the temperatures with mike. >> we'll talk about 30s and 40s. it feels cooler after we look at live doppler and see the radar returns, nothing make can it to the ground. look at your temperature in your city. 36 at napa. 34 in livermore. 36 in los gatos. 40 in san jose. a little bit of wind chill three to five degrees cooler. low 50s and stray showers this afternoon. >> back to the bay bridge, metering lights remain on and traffic backing toward the 880 interchange and sluggish on the incline. here is a look at maze, 80 coming in nicely, 580 and we do have a stall eastbound 24 approaching the caldecott. left lane blocked there. we have slow traffic out of central valley and eastbound road work until 9:00 on 580 this morning. >> thank you very much. morning news continues in 25 minutes with news a, weather during "good morning america." >> we're always on at abc7news.com. have a great day and great weekend. >>> good morning, america. breaking right now, two, large off california, wake up thousands along the west coast o
will also be unable to testify about benghazi this week, although she will likely do that at some point in the future. but for now, diane, it is all about resting. >> well, quite an incident. and this is a long time for recovery. thank you so much, martha. >>> and when we come back, a nation's true grit moment. all the heroes who are showing us how to face a new day. tyou wouldn't want your adoctor doing your job, hello.... so why are you doing hers? only your doctor can determine if your persistent heartburn is actually something more serious, like acid reflux disease. over time, stomach acid can damage the lining of your esophagus. for many, prescription nexium not only provides 24-hour heartburn relief, but can also help heal acid-related erosions in the lining of your esophagus. there is risk of bone fracture and low magnesium levels. side effects may include headache, abdominal pain and diarrhea. call your doctor right away if you have persistent diarrhea. other serious stomach conditions may exist. don't take nexium if you take clopidogrel. let your doctor do her job. and you do y
overnight, a scathing, new report about the deadly september attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. that report says security at the consulate was grossly inadequate, all because of management and leadership failures within the state department. it also says there was no protest outside the consulate prior to the attack, which is blamed squarely on terrorists. despite all the criticism, though, the report did not recommend any disciplinary action. and said no one ignored or violated their duties. congressional committees get a briefing later today. >>> a major new development in the terror plot we told you about weeks ago. a 20-year-old man from south florida, raese alam qazi, a naturalized citizen from pakistan, is charged with a lone wolf attack against new york city. specifically, in times square, wall street as well as broadway theaters. >>> a new report suggests several links to cancer, among workers who were exposed to toxic debris at the 9/11 world trade center. but the health department found few cancer cases among the 56,000 people involved in the study. its author says th
to face some pretty tough questions on capitol hill today about the benghazi attack. secretary of state hillary clinton had been set to testify at that hearing. but she is still recovering from a concussion. a deputy will testify instead. now, four top staffers, meanwhile, they have been relieved of their duties in the aftermath of a report that detailed many management mistakes within the state department. >>> also, former federal judge, yale professor and conservative icon, robert bork, has passed away. he found himself in the center of a bruising battle when ronald reagan nominated him to the supreme court in 1987. he was rejected, pummeled in confirmation hearings, by senator ted kennedy and other democrats. he was 85 years old. >>> "zero dark thirty" is now facing criticism from a pretty powerful group of lawmakers. senator john mccain, dianne feinstein and carl levin are calling the film misleading and grossly inaccurate. in a letter to sony pictures, they were especially bothered by the suggestion that torture produced the tip that led to the military capture of bin laden. >>> am
about the tragedy in benghazi, libya. >>> now an update on that prison break. two convicted robbers scaling 17 stories with a rope made out of bed sheets. then impossibly hailing a cab to freedom. tonight, a new twist. abc's john schriffen has our story. >> reporter: he pulled off a daring escape from prison, but now joseph "jose" banks is busted. appearing in court this afternoon, after nearly three days on the run. the fbi arresting him late last night in chicago. >> yeah, it's kind of scary. but i thought that they'd, like, go far away. >> reporter: we now know both accomplished bank robbers, joseph banks seen here on surveillance video, broke out of their high-rise federal penitentiary in chicago, using sheets and towels tied in the form of a rope, even stuffing clothes in their beds in the shape of bodies. they were last seen in prison at 10:00 p.m. during a head count. overnight, authorities believe they broke the window of their cell, it's still a mystery how they shimmied out of a hole only inches wide and scaled down the side of the building 17 stories. banks is now back be
at the congressional hearings on benghazi this week. but she may do so down the road. >>> and the pacific northwest is recovering from the strongest storm of the season, complete with blinding snow, drenching rain and damaging winds. 80-mile-per-hour winds toppled a huge tree that crashed into a home in western washington, narrowly missing a baby in his crib. fortunately, that child was uninjured. and that storm buried cities, like yakima, under five inches of snow. higher elevations got up to two feet. and thousands of folks lost power. now, they do get a slight break in the weather today. but a new storm is moving in tomorrow. and that storm could dump another foot of snow. >> winter just days away, officially. >>> it is time, now, for the rest of the weather from across this nation. rain and light snow from seattle to portland. windy with rain in southern california. but the heavy snow, bringing up to ten inches to salt lake city. winter storm watches from denver to green bay. rain tapering off from d.c. to new york. and snowshowers in northern new england. >> mostly 40s in the northeast and mid
in their country. it comes after the death of ambassador chris stevens in benghazi. here's abc's muhammad lila tonight. >> reporter: it's a country racked with lawlessness and now a potential new threat. the associated press first reported this video which claims to be from al qaeda's yemen branch announcing a new bounty. three kilograms of gold. roughly $160,000 for the head of the american ambassador in yemen and $23,000 for any american soldier. abc hasn't verified the authenticity of the video. it was posted online separately, claiming to be part of a longer video, one that we have authenticated. if true, the threat comes at a critical time, just four months after al qaeda-linked militants stormed the embassy compound in libya, killing ambassador chris stevens and three other american personnel. after the attacks, security levels were raised at many american embassies around the world. >> i think the security detail to the ambassador himself is not going to do anything particularly differently. because they had to know that the ambassador was already a person who had to be protected very,
of this year. the independent report calls security at the benghazi consulate, quote, grossly inadequate. it also criticizes the state department for what security was there and relying on local militias. but it does recommend no disciplinary action, at least right now. the report says the attack was the work of terrorists, and that despite those initial reports, there was no protest outside the consulate before that attack. >> what i thought was interesting was our secretary of state's reaction. because ultimately, she is in charge of the state department. we know she's been suffering from this concussion and many people have said, that was very convenient. >> right, questioning the timing. >> questioning the timing. but she says the accountability review board report provides a clear look at syria's systemic challenges that we've begun to fix and says i accept every one of them. so clearly taking responsibility for the state department and saying listen, we've already begun to fix these problems. >> established that task force. that report did have this finding, the board did not find
in benghazi, an absence that drew criticism from some republicans. this is not the first time clinton has had a blood clot. in 1998, she was hospitalized for a blood clot in her leg, following a vigorous travel schedule. she discussed her health and age with abc's barbara walters. >> is your age a concern to you? >> it really isn't. i'm thankfully healthy and have incredible stamina and energy. >> reporter: she does, indeed, normally have incredible energy and stamina. she was supposed to return to work this week. but this seems a very big setback. and there is so much we don't know. >> including where in her body this blot is. that could have a big significance in how it's treated and the seriousness of it. >> reporter: that's true. i asked her spokesman whether the clot is in her head or her leg, they will not say. they have said she has other issues from the concussion but won't say what they are. >> it's puzzling, the lack of information, especially given the republican charges of benghazi flu or a diplomatic illness when they were failing to believe she was as sick as she was. >> reporte
initial statements about the u.s. consulate attack in benghazi, libya. rice submitted a letter to president obam apredicting the confirmation process would be lengthy, time consuming and costly. noting the unfairness of the attacks, massachusetts senator, john kerry is now the projected frontrunner for that post. >> the unscheduled fiscal cliff meeting at the white house between president obama and babe bane is over. no word of progress. the two met for about an hour this afternoon. this was their first face-to-face talk since sunday. mr. obama and boehner have struggled to make the impasse over taxes. the president wants tax rates to rise for the top 2% of income earners, which boehner is opposed to. the deal must be reached by december 31 to avoid the fiscal cliff, which would trigger a series of tax increases and spending cuts. >> a controversial facebook posting, by sergeant carl tnchts of himself, riding through the broadway tunnel and claimed he was with others in a lamborghini, going 100 miles per hour and said they were all drunk. today the chief says he is outraged. >>
briomd in controversy over the terrorist attacks in benghazi. she told nbc that is why she is stepping aside. >> i didn't want to see a confirmation process that was very prolonged, very politicized and very distracting. >> other openings, secretary of defense. kerry's name was floated for the job but chuck hagel who became the critic of the iraq war has the edge. john brennan and mike morale are considered the top contenders. president obama has accepted her decision and meeting with her in private. >> eric: new this morning, a federal court will hear barry bonds will hear his obstruction of justice conviction. they have set oral arguments for february 13th. last year a jury convicted bonds of one felony obstruction count for giving an evasive answer when he was asked whether he received drugs that required a syringe. bonds lawyers argue the answer was accurate and was not meant to obstruct justice. >> the city of san francisco is asking to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the nudity ban. four people challenged the law last month. they have filed a motion to get the suit thrown out. he s
on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. clinton is being treated with anti-coagulants and doctors want to monitor the medication over the next 48 hours. >> we wish her well. >>> our other major story, countdown to the fiscal cliff. talks are going on through the night to try to reach a deal. >> without an agreement, the average american family would see a tax increase of more than $3,400. abc's preeti arla is joining us from washington with more on what this means. preeti? >> reporter: john and paula, top leaders seemed optimistic, but that seemed to shift as the day went on. that optimism replaced by pessimism and still no deal with time running out. the clock is ticking, negotiations are ongoing. but at this point, democrats and republicans remain at odds. >> regardless of partisan differences, our top priority has to be to make sure that taxes on middle class families do not go up. that would hurt our economy badly. we can get that done. >> reporter: president obama called for immediate action but there was no vote in the senate. >> we're going to come in at 11:00 a.m. tomorrow morn
on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya, that killed four americans. meanwhile, secretary of state hillary clinton is expected to testify this week in open congressional hearings on that attack. >>> and egypt's military is warning of disastrous consequences if the political crisis in that country is not resolved. president mohamed morsi is pressing ahead with a meeting today to find a solution. but major opposition groups are protesting. protesters have stormed the palace there in cairo, cutting through barbed wire and surging up to its outer walls. >>> and the other winner of that record powerball jackpot has now claimed his prize. arizona lottery officials announcing that the winner has chosen to remain anonymous. but they did say he took the cash option of 192 million bucks. he's married, in his 30s. whoever he is, we know he is not this guy, who was seen in a store video in maryland, acting like he was celebrating. he said or he claimed or believed or was faking, was the winning ticket. >>> and quite a haul for u.s. customs this week. federal officers seized nearly 36,000 rubber ducks.
, 2012, on the diplomatic compound in benghazi, libya. >> in fact, what this began as was a spontaneous, not a premeditated response. >> reporter: five days after those attacks, rice went on the sunday shows, repeating talking points from the intelligence community, that critics said downplayed the terrorist attack in the weeks leading up to the election. >> i didn't mislead. i didn't misrepresent. i did the best with the information the united states government had at the time. >> reporter: democrats point out that republicans didn't have as hard a time with a different national security adviser named rice who had different inaccurate talking points from the intelligence community. that was condoleezza rice, talking about iraqi weapons of mass destruction that didn't exist. that was a different time. george? >> yes, it was, jake, thanks very much. >>> let's get more on this from our senior foreign affairs correspondent, martha raddatz. and martha raddatz, now in line to be named secretary of state, senator john kerry of massachusetts. he's likely to be easily confirmed. but this is sti
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